"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


storms of life

Human experience includes those dangerous and difficult times of dislocation and disorientation when the sky does fall and the world does come to an end. We are not meant for situations of disorientation. We are mostly inclined to look back, to grasp for old equilibria, to wish for them and to deny that they are gone… The countermovement of reorientation comes, says Paul Ricoeur, through a representation of reality which is genuinely new and has the mark of gift. The reorientation has both continuities with and discontinuities from what has been. But the accent is on the new. It is a surprise. In our resistance, we do not expect to be surprised. The new situation is not an achievement or a working out of the dislocation, but it is a newness that comes to one. It comes as miracle wrought from outside the situation.  
Walter Brueggemann, Psalms and the Life of Faith 

I seem to be painting hearts lately.  In all sizes, shapes, and colors. My daughter saw this one and said it looked like a heart tornado.  Interestingly last Sunday's message was on storms. Luke 8:22-25.  Here are just a few bullet points.

Storms come to teach us and change us
Only God can calm a raging torrent 
A storm is to bring something new in our life
Walk through the very heart of the storm - emerging a different person
Storms are a gift 

They usually do not feel like gifts in the middle them, but I can trust God is in the storm with me.

Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.

Is 43:1-2

Grace and Peace


Jennifer Richardson said...

loving this to my core, Mary!!!
Thanks SO much,

Martha Lever said...

This is a beautiful heart Mary. It looks 3 dimensional!
Good bullet points from the sermon. Hope you didn't get an email from me from my evil spammer. I think I have fixed it--I hope.

Bren said...

love the 3D effect you've given the heart it feels like it moving straight towards me, love it. And I love the Walter Brueggemann quote, I so get what he's saying and I'll take that gift of reality that truly allows God to be what He wants to be in the light of it.

Cristina Zinnia Galliher said...

beautiful! oxox Zinnia

PaperPumpkin said...

Hi Mary! I love this 3-D blue heart and the storminess of words. (This is timely, as I have gotten explosive news in the past 24 hours adn I feel a bit disoriented...!) Thank you. ~kathy

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

WOW!!! Once again your post just says where I am and speaks so directly to what has happened in the last two days...I will have to come back over and over again and read. Your art, your words...such timely words from God. Thanks for posting.

Now look at the comment above me...what was happening...God is up to something!

jgr said...

Amazing post!! I love the heart and I agree, it looks like a tornado.
Perfect to go along with your lovely words about the storms of life.
Thank you for this!

Bev said...

wow, a heart tornado...interesting, yes?? love this post mary...

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

OH YES! HE has called me by name and I am HIS!!! Oh I love that verse so much. I am so glad HE called you by name Mary and that He chose to make our paths meet.

I just love you my dear and your beautiful heart!

Lee Ann

Jo Reimer said...

I've always loved the Isaiah 43 passage. It gives me comfort and confidence to know that I have such protection.

Hindsfeet said...

With all my heart *thank you* for the conduit that you are of God's word to me tonight, Mary.....oh how *Grateful* I am....this post was nothing less than an answer to a desperate prayer.....

With all my heart, thank you, Mary


And we should be more thankful for having those difficulties and trials in our lives for we can rest assured that we're still trusted by Him and that He sees us stronger than anyone else and so He gives us much load of burdens for us to further assess our faith and living...thank you for the read and all the inspirations dear Mary... and i like your white background for it brings peace and calm in my eyes... Brightest blessings to you.(:


Wendy V said...

Oh, Mary, how I love YOUR heart and the ones you are painting, both on canvas and in the lives you touch.
Thank you for painting beauty in my life - again.
The tornado heart...wow, I relate.
Much love to you,
as always.

Bevie said...

Well you've touched my heart with the beautiful of the awesome blue heart...Meg is right it does look like a tornado, and goes perfectly with what you've shared about the storms in our lives...I for one truly believe they keep us close to HIM. I'm really touched by your adding this scripture from Is 43:1-2 for when I was writing my blog post this morning I almost added that too!!! Amazing!!!
You are so very dear to me sis!!! love you Bevie